Rallying the remaining Wintel hardware community; coincidentally, see Apple Mac Sales Slow to Lowest Rate in Two Years: Analysts (WSJ); also see Why Microsoft is Getting into Hardware (Tech.pinions)
"One of the most remarkable things about Microsoft’s growing presence in the hardware business is that it has not led to open revolt among its partners. Initially, many of them were not happy about Microsoft’s moves, complaining in private.Microsoft’s Mission to Reignite PC Sector May Be Taking Hold - The New York Times
But more recently they have warmed up. In fact, HP and Dell agreed this summer to sell Surface Pro, Microsoft’s tablet with an optional keyboard cover, to corporate customers through their sales forces.
One reason for the comity is that Microsoft’s Surface business is still relatively small. Another is that the money Microsoft has poured into marketing Surface has raised the broader profile of Windows PCs."